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Levantine Music joins IMPEL

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Independent music publisher Levantine Music, which focuses on music from the Middle East and North Africa, has joined IMPEL, the London-based international collective licensing agency representing digital music publishing rights.

Levantine Music's catalogue covers a range of different genres including Arabic classical music, pop, hip hop, rock and even children’s music. Los Angeles-based Levantine represents writers, composers and producers from Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, UAE and beyond. Its...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Music licensing platform Bopper launches mobile app

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Music licensing platform Bopper, which allows to instantly find and license pre-cleared music by indie artists and bands, has released a mobile version of its service.

Customer data shows 30% of Bopper’s user traffic comes through mobile devices, according to Bopper. .With Bopper Mobile, users can conduct AI-driven searches, get instant custom quotes, access custom playlists, listen to all tracks, configure licenses, and instantly execute a transaction.

"The transaction can be finalised ...

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Google inks agreements with publishers for the use of news content in Germany and France

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Google has announced a series of agreements with news publishers in Germany and France, suggesting that the Alphabet-owned company is accelerating its strategy to deal directly with the producers of news content, as more European countries are implementing the European Copyright Directive, which introduced a neighbouring right for news publishers (Article 15).

In Germany, Google has sealed agreements with publishers such as weeklies Der Spiegel and Die Zeit, newspeper Tagesspiegel, online pu...

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TikTok and APRA AMCOS agree to a multi-year licensing deal covering repertoire from Australia and New Zealand

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TikTok and the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA AMCOS) have signed a multi-year music licensing deal, which also covers the use of music by TikTok retroactively.

"This agreement will allow for the collection of digital mechanical and performance royalties for APRA AMCOS’ 111,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in Australia and New Zealand, and deliver a new revenue stream for creators of music," said the two org...

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